Why Materials Matter

When the day comes when the man who you love above all else gets down on one knee and asks you to marry him, so many things will start going through your mind. The excitement, the promise of a new and exciting future, a family, the wedding, the wedding budget, and… the dress. The dress that every girl dreams about, the one that will make you feel like a princess on your big day.

Chances are, though, that when you were dreaming of your dress, you didn’t ask yourself, “what will my dress be made of?” Yes, we conceptualize the fabric—flowy or stiff, shiny or lace– but we rarely think about the actual material. Today we will.

Fabrics and materials make an extraordinary difference when it comes to bringing the conceptualization of a dream dress to life. As a bridal stylist as Sealed With A Kiss, I have had the pleasure and honor of watching our owner and designer, Susan Sorbello do just that. She shows up with her collection of materials. Lace, beads, silk…. true treasure chests of the finest riches for a dream being turned into reality.

Listening to Susan describe the materials–the Sophie Hallette lace, the silk, satin, Swarovski crystals—is one of my favorite parts of the process. Each component signifies a wish here, and a hope there, and as they blend together they become a perfect embodiment of the love, marriage, and future that sparked the dream that brought the dress to life. It is a bride’s way of translating all of her hopes and dreams into something visible and tangible that will represent her in front of her friends and family.

Once I started learning, watching, listening, and studying I started understanding why Susan only works with the best of fabrics and materials, and why she uses certain materials for certain design elements. The use of natural fibers is specifically for fine garment making, and because of this they behave very differently than a synthetic fiber, though some synthetic fibers can be more appropriate in certain situations and uses.

Not only is this knowledge used for creating custom works, it is used in hand picking each dress and designer that we carry. Materials matter. They are the building blocks to dress and dreams. Contact us to discuss your dream dress and let us help you develop your vision, or click here to request an appointment. 

Written by Bridal Stylist, Nancy

New in June: More Bridesmaid Styles from Bill Levkoff

Are you still searching for the perfect bridesmaid dresses? Then search no more! Bill Levkoff has dozens of flattering styles that your bridesmaids are sure to love. Here’s a quick look at some of our new arrivals!

 

Interested in scheduling a time to try one of these styles on?

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Congratulations to all our May brides!

We had a number of beautiful Sealed With A Kiss brides tie the knot this month–here’s a quick peek at some of their weddings!

 Lori and Brian

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Lori Thomas

Photo Credit: Heather Chipps Photography
http://heatherchippsphotography.com/
Dress: Lillian West

 

Ashley and Colin

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Photo Credit: Jillian Michelle Photography
http://jillianmichellephoto.com/home
Dress: Justin Alexander

 

Shasta and Evan

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Photo Credit: Anna Kardos Photography
http://www.annakardos.com/
Dress: Casablanca Bridal

 

Taylor and Aaron

Photo Credit: Michelle Renee Photography
http://michellereneephotography.com/
Dress: Modern Trousseau

 

Lindsey and Josh

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Photo Credit: Stephanie Messick Photography
https://www.stephaniemessick.com/home
Dress: Augusta Jones Bridal

Ask Pat: Did I say yes to the dress too soon?

Dear Pat: I went wedding gown shopping last month, and fell in love with a dress at the very first store I visited–I had wanted a V-neck ballgown, and I found what I thought was the perfect one. I thought about it overnight and went back to the salon to purchase it the very next day. Then this week I went to a different bridal salon intending to shop for bridesmaids dresses, but I got so distracted by the beauty of their wedding gowns that I found myself asking to try a few on, and really loved a few other styles. Did I say yes to my dress so soon? Now I feel like I might be missing out on better styles out there. 

It’s not uncommon to second guess your wedding gown decision–it’s a tough choice to make, especially when there really are so many truly beautiful dresses out there! As you said, it was exactly what you were looking for, you thought about it overnight and you were positive it was “the one,” so no, I don’t think you said yes to a dress so soon.

We strongly recommend NOT trying on more gowns after you’ve found the perfect one as it can lead to second-guessing, but as you already have done that, I would suggest returning to the first bridal salon to re-try the dress you said yes to. Once you’re in it again, it’s likely that all the happy feelings you had about the dress will return, and you’ll remember why you thought it was perfect. Hopefully that will make you confident that you did make the right decision.

Have a question you’re dying to ask a bridal consultant? Email pat@sealedwithakissbridal.com with your question, and our consultants will be more than happy to help–you might even see your question on the blog!

 

Bridal Market April 2017–Our NYC Adventures!

It’s been a couple weeks since our trip to New York City for bridal market, and now that we’ve finally caught our breath and recovered from walking all over the city we can finally sit down and tell you about our adventures!

Here we are first thing in the morning, about to hit the road for the long drive to the big city.

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It was a long ride, but we made it! Once we checked in at the hotel we were itching to get into the city, so we hopped onto a train and headed straight the The Knot Show, where we checked out the designs by Justin Alexander and Lillian West.

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We were so impressed by the new collections– they had great clean lines, new fabrics and gorgeous bead work. It was hard to choose which gowns we wanted most, but after some deliberation we selected a group of gowns we think our brides will love. After that we headed back to the hotel, but not before making a quick stop outside the one and only Kleinfeld Bridal.

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The next day we were up bright and early, and well before our first appointment, so we decided to check out the new collection from Randy Fenoli. We knew his dresses would be beautiful, but we were still blown away by his designs.

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We even had the chance to chat with Randy himself, and he indulged our request for a selfie!

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Our next stop was across town, to the garment district to check out the new collections from Paula Varsalona and Antonio Gual for Tulle New York.

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                The quality of Paula’s work was, as usual, excellent! We loved seeing the silhouettes and fabrics she’s using (especially the floral prints!) and we’re really excited about the designs we’ve ordered for our brides.

Out final stop of the day was to Antonio Gual. It was the first time we’d visited him in New York, and we were so excited to be there for the launch of his Sarah Black Collection.

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Antonio’s was the last stop of the day, so after a late dinner we made our way back to the hotel to get some rest and prepare for the journey home. Overall, it was a great weekend, and we feel we selected a really amazing set of gowns from the new collections to have in our stores. You’ll just have to stay tuned to find out when they’ll arrive!

Styled Shoot at Mountain Run Winery

The wonderful Emily of Emily Marie Photography contacted us a few months ago with the idea of an Irish themed styled shoot, just in time for St Patrick’s day. She chose to use a new design from Sorbello Couture, our in-house line of wedding gowns designed and crafted by our store owner, Susan, and the dress suited Lynzie, the model, perfectly. The shoot turned out more beautifully than we could have imagined, and we’re so happy to share some of our favorite photos from that shoot with you! All photos were taken by Emily Marie Photo.

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Vendors:

Dress: Sealed With A Kiss

Photography: Emily Marie Photo

Venue: Mountain Run Winery

Designers: Emily Marie and The Posey Detail

Florist: The Posey Detail

Cake Artist: Sorby Sweets

Make-up and Hair: Mane Street Hair Salon

Stationary: Pineapple Street Designs

Rentals: Bride and Joy

Linens: Main Street Linens

Ask Pat: I saw a dress online that I love, how can I track it down?

Dear Pat: I’ve been to a few bridal shops now and have a couple styles I really like, but a couple months ago I saw a picture of a dress online that I really loved and I just can’t get it out of my head. I know the designer and style and have called a few local places looking for it, but they don’t carry that designer. What’s the best way to go about tracking it down?

The best place to start is the designer’s website! Most designers have a page where they list their retailers, or stores that carry their designs. Look for the retailers closest to you and give them a call. If they don’t have the particular style you’re looking for, it couldn’t hurt to ask if they could get it. Often times designers have a loaner gown program, where they can send a requested dress to one of their retailers for a limited time–just keep in mind that there’s sometimes a charge for this service. Also ask if they’ll be hosting any trunk shows by this designer, since they will often be sent a variety of designs by that designer that they do not typically have in store. They might not be able to guarantee that the dress will be part of the trunk show, but often there’s a good chance!

Have a question you’re dying to ask a bridal consultant? Email your questions to pat@sealedwithakissbridal.com and one of our experienced consultants will be more than happy to help. Your question might even make it on the blog!